Happy Earth Day! I remember as a child in elementary school every Earth day we would all grab garbage bags and gloves and each classroom would spend an hour or so outside cleaning. We would cover everything from our school grounds to the grounds close to school, and pick up all the litter that we could find.
Now, as a nanny, a couple of the kids that I care for loves to pick up garbage just as much as I do. When I pick them up from school they love to run around the school yard picking up litter and throwing the garbage out in the garbage bins around the school. I love how excited they get and their dedication to helping the Earth. Seeing how upset a four year old gets when he sees litter makes me so proud. It gives me hope for the future.
I love recycling. It makes me so happy to break down the paper and plastic and know that while it may take a bit more work than just throwing everything into the garbage can, by sorting the paper and plastic I am helping to make a difference to the environment. I have taken a lot of little steps lately to reduce my one time plastic use as well.
I wanted to share some tips today on how to reduce your one time plastic use.
Use a reusable water bottle. This is my BIGGEST tip. I have been using a reusable water bottle for as long as I can remember. There are so many options, varieties and designs nowadays that there is really no excuse to be purchasing plastic bottles at the store. Unless you are in desperate need because you forgot your water bottle at home or something, use your own personal water bottle and stop adding to the landfills.
Here are a few options.
Bring your own reusable shopping bags. I have quite a collection of reusable shopping bags. I have ones from the grocery store, I have some fun Disney ones, and I have some smaller ones that I stick in my purse and backpack, so that way whenever I’m out, I always have a bag to use if I need to grab something from the store. These are the ones that I use and love.
Reusable mesh product bags. These have been a total life saver for me. I always felt so guilty using the tiny plastic bags at the grocery store to put my fresh fruit and veggies in. I decided to check out Amazon to see if there was anything that I could find and I found these! I LOVE them. I put all my fruit and veggies in them and can store them directly in the fridge in them. I actually find that my produce last longer in them. If you’re going to purchase anything from this post, these bags are my top recommendation.
Reusable stainless steel straws. These I purchased for Scott. I rarely drink anything through a straw, but he does every day. Every day of using a straw equals hundreds of plastic straws in a land full each year. By purchasing these stainless steel straws, not only are you helping the environment, but now you don’t have to keep going to the store to buy more straws. You always have some available. Take one with you if you need to!
Lastly, these Silicone Baking Sheets are my most recent purchase. I adore them so far! I didn’t even know these existed until about two weeks ago when I heard someone mention how they no longer use parchment paper or aluminum foil when cooking, since they have these. What a great idea! I never realized just how much I use parchment paper and aluminum foil, but based on how often I purchase them both, these silicone baking sheets will help so much.
I personally own everything in this post and use them all of the time. I am so happy with all of these purchases and feel good when using them, since I know that not only am I helping the environment, but I am also saving loads of money doing it.
I really hope you all consider reducing your one time plastic use and think about purchasing a few things in this post. Trust me, they are all worth it and wonderful quality!
Disclosure. I am an Amazon affiliate, which means that if you purchase anything on this list I will receive a commission at no extra cost to you. So you help the environment, yourself, your wallet, and a blogger 😉 But seriously, even if you don’t purchase anything, just being more conscious about your one time plastic usage would be amazing.
How do you reduce your plastic usage?